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1st Knaresborough (Castle) Scout Troop

Harrogate & Nidderdale District Scouts, North Yorkshire

The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.



Where are we?

The Scouts meet at:

The Scout Hut
Wetherby Road
Knaresborough
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG5 8LG
Meeting Times
Fridays - 19:00 to 21:00

Due to our active programme, we often meet outside of these times as well.

News & Blogs

Group Camp 2021
07/12/2021 By Stuart Beardwell
Cubs Group Camp 2021

 

Group Camp, Thornthwaite Activity Centre.

On Friday the third of December 6 Cubs,  and 19 Scouts from 1st Knaresborough attended one of the first camps since lockdown and certainly the first Group Camp for many years. The weather was forcast poor to average but this did not dampen our spirits. After a site  tour, quick wide game and the obligatory campfire, coacoa and crumpets preceeded bedtime. Not much sleep was had on Friday night, despite warnings of inpending fatique, over excitement gained the day/night and alot of talking was heard into the small hours!

Breakfast soon came around and with the help of the young leaders, sausages and beans were dispensed to slighlty chastened, panda-eyed youths. No rest for the giddy, was the name of the day and all sections got stuck in with hikes, first aid trainning, fire lighting, pioneering and generally being kept busy in the fresh air.

Beavers arrived at 10 am after an exploration and some firelighting, retired to the warmth of the Hut for serious games and biscuits.

Saturday night was a much quieter affair as some small compound of fatique and wisdom took effect.  Yet another campfire and earier to bed, this time the Scouts were braving the elements and the noisy wind as it blew through the trees onto their tents. Some Scouts opted for an early bath as the flapping of their tents kept them from sleeping, but the majority lasted the night in a great show of pluck.

By Sunday morning the ensamble resembled an early episode of the Waking Dead, but a number soldiered on to complete the Geocache challenge. Thanks to all the parents that turned -up to partake in this family day.

After a barbecue provided by the committeee it was decided that the recommended level of Richmond sauagaes had definitely been exheeded and was probably wise for each family to reutrn home to deal with the consequences according to their own family traditions. 

Great to see all of you there and to see real hands-on, grimy Scouting taking place.  The kids have missed out on alot over the last two years and it was clear that many were not used to spending time away from their families. Hope fully we can continue, with your support, to offer further growth opportunities to these kids.

 

 

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40 Junior soldiers of Platoon 17 of Peninsula Company from Harrogate AFC attended The scout hut this weekend tohelp with the refurbishment of the hut. The platoon split into two grpups one that worked inside on painting while the other concentrated on clearing debris, cutting back the undegrowth and replacing a broken fence post. Many of these lads are just 16 and are just about to finish the initial part of theri basic trainning befre heading off to their respective units, we had prospective Riflemen, Logisticians, Signals and Paras. This work was all completed as part of their DofE, many of them had never held a paint brush before let alone swung a sledge hammer!

It truely is amazing what an organized team of people can do, we hope to continue our relationship with them in the future.

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Scouts Winter Camp
30/12/2019 By Stuart Beardwell
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1st Knaresborough (Castle) Scout Troop
The Scout Hut, Wetherby Road, Knaresborough, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG5 8LG


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